Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2002
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
These guys get points for having raised consciousness about microbrewing, but their flagship lager isn’t their best brew.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice amber color certainly looks good. But looks can be deceiving. This is a pretty average tasting beer with a little more roasted malt flavor than a macro-lager IMO. But it is widely available and sometimes the best choice where there is limited availability of better beers.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
one of the better lagers out there. golden orangy colour. some sweet maltiness and decent hops.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I remember having only small sips of sam adams and basically spitting it out all over the place because of the soapy water flavour, but last night a good buddy of mine got me one at a blues bar in Chicago. Knowing that spitting wasn’t an option, I braced for my first swig. . .and was pleasantly surprised. There was a refreshing hoppy flavour that I wasn’t expecting. Though it wasn’t the greatest beer I have ever had, it was loads better than what I was bracing myself for.
freekyp (1776) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2010 I cannot help comparing every lager I drink to Sam Adams. It was the first ’real’ beer I tried. Always a great tap beer. Suffers more than most from the bottle. Spicy hop flavor. Nice noble twang in the spicy fade. Good food pairing beer as it works with just about everything.
TheBelgian (24) - USA - JAN 11, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad. Light taste with little finish, no aftertaste. Walnut and grain flavors.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2003 As a pseudo-craft beer originally produced for Sam Adams under license by Pittsburgh Brewing, the brewers of Iron City and Old Frothing Slosh, this beer might be considered suspect. Lots of hype in promotion. however, I liked it more than I wanted to. After having another in February I think it is still easy drinking, but even less charming than I first thought. A little too sweet, a little too floral, not enough malt.
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2003 A good beer of its type. The beer snob in me makes me want to pick on it but really its fine stuff not everyone needs an IPA or Imperial stout. Medium light body, mild malt flavor with a equally mild hop profile it’s a well made beer. Maybe a little bland for most of us beer geeks but to the average man it’s a great introduction to good beer
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma light and hoppy, but malt detected as well. Color a rich gold with a nice canyoned head---very attractive...Hops dominate the flavor profile, quite sharp and almost strident, while malt is barely discernible; the finish is hoppy-dry and slightly spicy. Body is sort of watery, and the balance is definitely hop-heavy. Overall, the strong hop profile makes it preferable to most macro-brews, but is still wanting in terms of balance and roundness of flavors.
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Tap) I taste grapefruit when I taste this one. Enjoyable and easily drunk from the tap.